TaylorMade Spider X Putter
TaylorMade has gathered quite a team under its name, and no other golf company boasts such a great number of outstanding tour players as TaylorMade does. It is no doubt that this is the Golden Age for TaylorMade in terms of technology advancement and sophisticated clubs designs. Even putters, which until the first launch of the Spider model were not very appreciated, have been flourishing in construction advancement and breakthrough technology. This TaylorMade putter is the latest representative of the latest edition of the Spider putters family.
The Spider putters came out as complete amazement on the market and despite looking, well, as the name implies, spider-like, they brought about not only a design advancement and futuristic concepts, but they also introduced performance that can’t be paralleled with anything similar. So, even though modestly accepted by tour players at the very beginning of their launch on the market because of the large and high MOI shape, the model was finally accepted on Tour in 2017 with a slightly changed concept of the Spider Tour putter which was modified by Jason Day.
To celebrate the success of the Spider model and to show-off their obviously developed insights into superior putter production, TaylorMade decided to unveil TaylorMade Spider X putter at the tenth anniversary of their initial huge putter success. The design has been revamped but not completely changed so that it greatly reminds of its starting point. The color choices are as unique as everything else related to this model.
This time, the new Spider X model comes in an optimized form from every angle, its clubhead is smaller then it was before, the insert is thicker and it features Y-shaped sightline with sharp and smart lines. Since the predecessor, proudly played and owned by Jason Day, has been one of the most played putters over the last two years, the brand used the opportunity to introduce the Tylor Made Spider X, claiming it is the best version that they have made so far.
Perimeter weighting for more balance and stability
Steel frame, carbon composite central section and Surlyn and aluminum face insert
Greater MOI for more forgiveness and greater speed
Deeper Pure Roll grooves for a faster roll and less backspin
Better alignment aid for easier squaring the ball
Two-color varieties, Dakota Copper and Midnight Blue
One of the most expensive putters on the market
The new Spider X features an optimized design from every angle. This time, the clubhead is about 5% smaller compared to the older version and looks much more pleasing while the carbon core which has drastically reduced its weight from 79 grams to 15 grams, frees up a considerable weight that is repositioned to the stability frame which is now 320 grams instead of 247 grams as it was before.
Another change that golfers can notice is the replacement of the so-called ‘rocket pods’ with two steel weights which move the weight towards the back corners of the putter. This mass has been particularly designed for the purposes of this putter, whereas all previous models were designed with the mass that was used int he R7 Quad driver. This is another indication that TaylorMade put a lot of effort into making this model as tour acceptable as possible. These weights come in blue color and look great on them.
As a matter of fact, the added MOI means that all those mishits are likely to effectuate into successful shots without losing speed which means more chances to hole the ball. Actually, the reason why TaylorMade made this puter more forgiving is seen in their research that proved that even the best golfers miss the center from 1.5 to 3 cm on either side. The higher MOI therefore, makes it more appealing to golfers with higher handicap too, not only Tour players.
The deeper insert is something that makes the TaylorMade Spider X putter an outstanding club. It impacts the solid sound and a bit firmer and which delivers excellent feedback to help you assess your strokes and now how to better shape your next putt.
Since golfers are different with different preferences, TaylorMade offers two distinctive alignment aids, the traditional single vertical line which points to the center of the clubface and a black line on a white colored background. This way, golfers have the most optimized shape for better alignment, and when you position it down at address it does look impressive. It dominates the visual field and ensures that the face is square when putting the ball. The leading edge comes below the white line so that golfers keep the alignment as they hit the ball to the target.
The heavier weight on the perimeter and the multi-material design appeals to a very wide range of golfers from low to mid handicappers, and the fact that it has two loft design appeals to players with versatile styles and performance.
The face insert is what makes the model superior compared to almost all TaylorMade models as the Surlyn and aluminum blend delivers one of the firmest feels. The sound is also highly influenced by this insert, delivering a very responsive and solid sound that advanced golfers can rely on. The grooves positioned at the angle of 45 degrees allow the ball to roll with less backspin and considerably quicker.
Another outstanding feature when it comes to this model is the higher MOI head that allows greater forgiveness which is very appreciated from higher handicappers. TaylorMade did a lot of research on golfers’ hitting tendencies and they concluded that even the lowest handicappers do tend to hit the ball a bit off the center, and this was the leading principle when deciding on the improvements when it comes to Spider X. The higher MOI combined with the optimized alignment aid improves the chances for more putts, so, all in all, golfers can expect increased playability and improved performance.
The reason for the excellent playability can be seen in the multi-material design that saves weight in the center and which positions mass towards the edges to increase the stability and the balance. The grooves and the insert help golfers get faster roll without much backspin, while the white alignment line provides considerable help to square the ball. The two-offset designs add more versatility and choice to golfers to select the preferred style of playing.
- Two-color varieties, Dakota Copper and Midnight Blue
- Perimeter weighting for more balance and stability
- Steel frame, carbon composite central section and Surlyn and aluminum face insert
- Greater MOI for more forgiveness and greater speed
- Deeper Pure Roll grooves for a faster roll and less backspin
- Better alignment aid for easier squaring the ball
- Full and 3/4 offset design
- SuperStroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip
- KBS C Taper Tour putter